Cumberland Island - Maritime Forest

by Bethany Plonski July. 25, 2019 260 views

The last part of our hike brought us across the island from Dungeness Beach back to Sea Camp, passing through the maritime forest. Even with a wider lens, I felt like it was impossible to do justice to the size and intricate beauty of these trees.

Live oaks, moss, and saw palmetto - some of the key elements of maritime forest

Live oaks, moss, and saw palmetto - some of the key elements of maritime forest

In some places, the tree branches almost reminded me of coral formations.

Normally I prefer not to have people in my nature photos, but this gives some sense of scale

Normally I prefer not to have people in my nature photos, but this gives some sense of scale

To me this type of forest has a prehistoric feeling to it. We all kept saying how it reminded of us Jurassic Park. When it was quiet, it felt like a velociraptor might leap out at us any moment. :)

Resurrection ferns

Resurrection ferns

A lot of the trees lean to one side, and apparently this is a result of something called salt pruning. It has to do with the direction the wind usually blows and how the tree adapts to it.

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Ho Kim 1 year, 5 months ago

All the pictures are quite beautiful and lively. As is the case with the tropical forest, it's full of life. Is it a kind of moss hanging from the branch of trees? I really got shocked with picture #14. Thank you for sharing!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Ho Kim 1 year, 5 months ago

Thank you so much! I could hardly believe the size and shape of the tree in #14, and there were several others just like it all in a row together. Just amazing! 
For the moss, yes and no. People call it "Spanish moss," but it is technically not moss, but an epiphytic flowering plant (so it grows similar to how some orchids grow, by attaching to the tree without harming it like a parasite).

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 6 months ago

Wonderful series of this magical place!
Thanks!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you, Jay! It's so different from most of the forests I know. Glad you enjoyed it!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 5 months ago

+1  grinning +1 

 Always a pleasure, my dear!

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Lynn F Medley 1 year, 6 months ago

Beautiful scenery! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Lynn F Medley 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you, Lynn! Glad you enjoyed seeing it. smile

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Russell Smith 1 year, 6 months ago

Stunning images. I love the old southern live oaks and how they are grand but my favorites are the oaks by the coast. They are rather mystical looking to me

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 6 months ago

Thank you so much! I love all the twists and turns in their branches - mystical is a great way to describe it!

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Heike 1 year, 6 months ago

What a fairy tale forrest. Did you discover somebody of the little folk? smiley

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Heike 1 year, 6 months ago

It sure was magical! No little folk, but lots of beautiful wild horses, and that was good enough for me. grinning

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